Baker City’s Festival of Trees kicks off holiday weekend
BAKER CITY — Baker City’s most festive weekend begins Dec. 1 with a “Preview Among the Trees” at the annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Foundation.
All three days of events are held at the Community Event Center, 2600 East St., Baker City.
All proceeds stay at the Baker City hospital.
This year, funds will go toward purchasing new endoscopic equipment, which will “provide better irrigation and high definition visualization for our patients,” according to a press release.
Tickets to the preview are $15 per person.
The evening runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features appetizers, a no-host bar and silent auction.
The Festival’s gala starts at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are pre-sold; none are sold at the door.
The Festival’s Family Day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Admission is an unwrapped toy or can of nonperishable food.
During Family Day, the community can see all the trees, plus get photos with Santa sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Cost is $10 per sitting and includes two 5-by-7 prints or three 4-by-6 prints.
Proceeds fund community service projects, South Baker Intermediate K-Kids and the Baker Middle School Builder Leadership Club.
Also, children can be crafty at the Festival with “Make It and Take It” crafts sponsored by Crossroads Carnegie Art Center. The craft station is $5 per child or $20 per family.
The Baker Community Choir and the Baker Community Orchestra will perform three concerts this weekend — 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 — at the Baker Heritage Museum, 2480 Grove St. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
The Baker Valley Children’s Choir will perform with the adult choir, as well as a number on their own, at the Dec. 2-3 concerts.
The Community Choir is co-directed by Kelly Brickman and Hannah Violette.
Faith Plummer directs the children’s choir, and Brickman directs the orchestra.
“This year’s program features sets by each group as well as wonderful and exciting arrangements for the combined groups,” said David Cowan, a member of the choir. “There will also be an opportunity for the audience to sing several traditional Christmas favorites. The venue is intimate and friendly and one of the choir’s favorites.”
The children’s choir was started by the Baker Community Choir in the spring of 2011.
It includes students in grades 4-6 from South Baker Intermediate School, Haines and Keating, who meet twice a week after school.
The children sing at the choir concerts and at local schools and retirement centers.
The Baker Community Orchestra began in the spring of 2012 and first joined the choir in their holiday programs that December.
Friday kicks off the two-day 4H Christmas bazaar, held at the fairgrounds show barn, 2600 East St. (near the Event Center).
The bazaar will be open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3.
The annual Twilight Parade gets started at 5 p.m. Dec. 3.
Community floats will be decked out in lights and decorated to the theme of “Sleighbells, Snow and Mistletoe.”
The parade is organized by Historic Baker City Inc.